April 23, 2011

Unicameral Maine legislature bill set for debate

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — A bill to make Maine's legislature a unicameral body is ready for debate by the House and Senate.

The bill won an 8-5 vote of support by the State and Local Government Committee, and its next stop will be the House of Representatives. Even if it wins the needed two-thirds supermajority to pass, the proposed constitutional amendment would have to be authorized by voters.

The sponsor, Democratic Rep. Linda Valentino of Saco, says consolidating the Legislature is important now, more than ever, as elected officials search for ways to maximize resources.

This amendment would combine the Senate and the House to create a one-body, unicameral legislature made up of 151 members, who would be referred to as Senators.

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